5 Best Web Hosting for Singapore Websites – 47 Test Sites Hosted + Speed Data Revealed – Updated September 2020

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The best web hosting provider for Singapore in 2020 is amazingly fast globally and locally. They’ve got reliable support that’s honest, groundbreaking technological advances, all at a fantastic value for money!

 

The best web host for Singapore is hands down, SiteGround – super fast within Asia at prices cheaper than local brands!

 

Among the 30+ web hosts we’ve tested, 5 were shortlisted into this list for having their own Singaporean data centers, which means they’re fast locally and within the Asia region (at <120 ms!). This makes them ALL excellent choices for those targeting Asian markets!

 

Best Web Hosting Singapore

 

  1. SiteGround – Best all-purpose premium host
  2. Hostinger – Best value with premium speed
  3. Exabytes SG – Best hosting with site builder
  4. A2 Hosting – Best unlimited hosting
  5. Vodien – Best local web hosting

 

Best Singapore Website Hosting

 

Note

  • We use an exchange rate of 1 USD to 1.35 SGD.
  • All prices shown are based on a 12-mo plan introductory rate.

 

World Speed Score

A+

Speed In Asia

58.5 ms

Price (SGD)

S$13.50/mo

Key Features

  • 20GB SSD
  • 25,000 visits /mo
  • SuperCacher
  • 24/7 tech. support
  • Google Cloud

"A versatile and very well rounded host. We even host Bitcatcha with them!"

 

Out of the 5 website hosts featured, SiteGround is the most reputable, known internationally for their excellent customer service.

 

They’ll respond to any of your issues quickly, and they are a tremendously knowledgeable bunch. If you ask nicely, they’ll even tell you where to find the best chilli crab in Singapore (OKAY I’M KIDDING!).

 

Our problems were solved without transferring us to different departments, saving us the hassle of repeating our issues over and over again until somebody can help us, which is a major time saver.

 

Feature wise, we were surprised to find that SiteGround gave us the best bang for buck, especially when they’re the biggest brand out there:

 

  • SSD Storage – Check
  • Storage Space – 20 freakin’ gigs
  • Websites allowed – As many as you want
  • Bandwidth – Up to 25,000 visits
  • Worldwide Speed: A+

 

All for a measly SGD13.50 a month (I eat snacks more expensive than that!).

 

They’ve recently moved their entire infrastructure to the Google Cloud Platform, which allows for easy scalability, better security and faster speeds for their users. Throw in additional perks like their ready-to-use caching system and the SuperCacher, and SiteGround has a clear advantage over the rest.

 

When we put the host through our unique server speed checker, SiteGround produced phenomenal results, with a worldwide average ranking of 159.9 ms, and an average of 58.5 ms in Asia!

 

US (W) US (E) London Singapore Sao Paulo
211 ms 215 ms 180 ms 3 ms 351 ms
Bangalore Sydney Japan Canada Germany
66 ms 95 ms 70 ms 240 ms 168 ms
Avg. Speed: 159.9 ms – See full result

 

In Singapore itself, SiteGround’s response time is a lightning fast 3 ms, thanks to their local data center!

 

For the benefit of our readers who don’t understand what these numbers mean – It’s blazing fast!

 

Learn more about SiteGround

 

 

 

World Speed Score

A+

Speed In Asia

91.25 ms

Price (SGD)

S$8.10/mo

Key Features

  • 20GB SSD
  • Free domain name
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • hPanel
  • Localised support

"Premium speeds at a very low entry price! Very good for beginners."

 

This little Lithuanian web hosting company made waves internationally with their exceptionally low introductory price and stellar services.

 

Upon discovering that they’ve got a data center in Singapore, we decided to create a test site with them to see how they fare against the best of the best web hosting companies around.

 

After doing some testing, we decided that they deserve a spot on the big boy’s table here on this list. Hostinger Singapore definitely doesn’t disappoint.

 

Their Singapore server did quite well in our server response time test, with a worldwide average of 175.8 ms, and 91.25 ms in Singapore, Japan, Sydney, and Bangalore, but that’s already expected, being an international web host and all.

 

US (W) US (E) London Singapore Sao Paulo
194 ms 229 ms 246 ms 5 ms 349 ms
Bangalore Sydney Japan Canada Germany
99 ms 191 ms 70 ms 212 ms 163 ms
Avg. Speed: 175.8 ms – See full result

 

What really impressed us was the amount of value we got at their irresistibly low price point. Our Premium Shared plan only cost SGD8.10 per month and the number of features we received with it felt almost criminal.

 

We got almost all of the same benefits of the premium web hosting counterparts, namely:

 

  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 20GB SSD
  • NGINX caching
  • PHP7 support
  • GIT support

 

These are just a few of the features we received, but the icing on this very beautiful cake is that Hostinger provides their premium shared users with 1 free domain name! It’s a small gesture that really has a big impact, especially for beginner business owners who are worried about snowballing start-up costs.

 

We feel that Hostinger really cares for their customers because of how they structure and train their support team. Their support widget can be easily found on the bottom right of their dashboard, which eases frustration because who wants to hunt for the damn link to the live chat when something goes wrong with our websites?

 

Their service is available in 40 countries, with 10 support centres in local languages (with plans to add more) to make communications easier, and they’re really knowledgeable and super helpful. They don’t mind holding your hand and guiding you step-by-step to fix your website woes, no matter how silly they may be.

 

Needless to say, we really like Hostinger. They’re not the best around, but they’re super affordable at a low price of SGD8.10 a month – perfect for beginner business owners.

 

Learn more about Hostinger

 

 

 

3. Exabytes SG

https://www.exabytes.sg/
Exabytes Singapore

World Speed Score

A+

Speed In Asia

118 ms

Price (SGD)

S$14.99/mo

Key Features

  • 10GB SSD
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 1 website allowed
  • 100-day money back
  • Free daily backup

"The one-stop web host for all your web presence needs."

 

When someone talks about local Singaporean web hosting, the one brand that always come to mind is Exabytes.

 

Established way back in 2001, Exabytes is the oldest player out of the 5. Over the years, they’ve established a strong presence in the market, forging relationships and connecting with their customers. Some of our friends swear by them, having used their service for over ten years. So, with their reputation as a ‘big brother’ in the industry, we couldn’t wait to see how they fare when compared against the other big boys.

 

Speedwise, Exabytes performed quite well. They produced a worldwide average of 173.9 ms on our server speed checker with an average of 118 ms in Asia.

 

US (W) US (E) London Singapore Sao Paulo
172 ms 202 ms 165 ms 7 ms 343 ms
Bangalore Sydney Japan Canada Germany
249 ms 147 ms 69 ms 229 ms 156 ms
Avg. Speed: 173.9 ms – See full result

 

As for their Singapore results, they whooped quite a fair bit of ass with a response time of just 7 ms!

 

They are definitely on par with the international players.

 

Looking at the features and benefits, Exabytes is the Exabest.

 

Everything that you need to build a website, they sell. It’s essentially a one-stop solution for site building and hosting. They also tick all the right boxes and have all the required features (which may not be as exciting as the competitors, but they’re still pretty decent). Let’s have a look at the list:

 

  • SSD storage – Yup! But only on premium plans
  • Storage Space – A measly 10 GB. It’s still a lot though!
  • Websites Allowed – 1
  • Bandwidth – Unlimited
  • Worldwide Speed: A+

 

As mentioned their features may not be as strong as the competitors, but Exabytes makes up for it in terms of convenience – everything I need is right on their site, I don’t have to look for a separate site builder.

 

There’s only one drawback though – the price. Exabytes offers the same features as their international counterparts… but only with their premium Ebiz Lite Pro plan, which costs SGD14.99 per month. My personal opinion, It’s a little on the high side, and I wouldn’t be able to justify the cost.

 

Learn more about Exabytes

 

 

 

World Speed Score

A+

Speed In Asia

94.25 ms

Price (SGD)

S$12.35/mo

Key Features

  • Unlimited SSD
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • A2 optimised WP
  • Free site migration
  • Anytime money back

"With unlimited features, A2 Hosting is best for small businesses & personal sites running on WordPress."

 

A2 Hosting is an international web hosting provider, and their services are expected to meet a certain international level of standards. We’re very happy to say that from our experience, A2 Hosting easily surpasses our expectations.

 

When we ran our server speed test on A2 Hosting, we didn’t expect much from them but we were pleasantly surprised at the results – A worldwide average of 173.2 ms, and an average of 94.25 ms in Asia.

 

US (W) US (E) London Singapore Sao Paulo
172 ms 212 ms 278 ms 6 ms 316 ms
Bangalore Sydney Japan Canada Germany
163 ms 141 ms 67 ms 218 ms 159 ms
Avg. Speed: 173.2 ms – See full result

 

With a data center right here in Singapore, A2 managed to produce a response time of only 6 ms locally. Pretty damn fast!

 

On paper, their numbers may not perform as well as our #1 host SiteGround, but with global speed averaging at 173.2 ms, loading up your page is practically instantaneous! We also appreciate the fact that we didn’t encounter any issues whatsoever, and we think that they are pretty damn reliable.

 

Let’s talk about features!

 

  • SSD Storage? Oh yes!
  • Storage Space? Unlimited – how awesome is that?
  • Websites Allowed – I think unlimited is like the standard these days
  • Bandwidth – Also unlimited – A2 clearly doesn’t like to impose limitations!
  • Worldwide Speed: A+

 

Their A2-Optimised feature is swell and it works really well with different CMS. Their proprietary tech also gets along really well with WordPress, Joomla, Magento and others, pushing the system to give you the fastest speed possible at all times!

 

Now, take in everything you’ve read about A2 hosting, all the features, the speed, everything – how much would you pay for service like this?

 

SGD15 a month? SGD20?

 

Naaaah.

 

This package will only cost you a mere SGD12.35 a month. If that’s not good value, I don’t know what is.

 

The only thing we had to complain about (and really, we’re nitpicking here) is the speed of the live chat. It took us longer than usual to connect to someone, but once we did, we found their support staff to be very experienced and helpful. So yeah, live chat is a little slow to respond but when it comes to speed and reliability, we can safely say that A2 Hosting is A-Okay.

 

Learn more about A2 Hosting

 

 

 

World Speed Score

A+

Speed In Asia

95.5 ms

Price (SGD)

S$29.00/mo

Key Features

  • 15GB SSD
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 5 websites allowed
  • Daily backup
  • SpamGuard Basic

"A local favourite with a full range of web hosting services."

 

Next, we tested one of Singapore’s finest, combed through their features and sweet talked their customer service team, just to help you decide which host to go with.

 

Surprisingly, for a brand as prominent as them, their customer service is… to put it in milder terms, not great. It took them 12 hours to respond to an issue we encountered while setting up the test site. 12 hours! That’s 3 and a half days in dog years! Fortunately, when they DID respond, the issue was resolved quickly and professionally.

 

Feature-wise, Vodien did quite well.

 

  • SSD Storage? Yes, but only on Business Hosting plans
  • Storage Space? 15 gigs – not bad!
  • Websites Allowed – Limited to 5, but do we really need more than that?
  • Bandwidth – It says unlimited’
  • Worldwide Speed: A

 

Not bad right? Everything seems comparable to SiteGround so far. Everything except for the price. You see, for us to get an accurate apple-to-apple comparison data, we had to use Vodien’s bizValue plan.

 

In other words, this is their super expensive, premium package, which costs a whopping SGD29 a month. I don’t know about you guys, but to me, that seems mighty expensive.

 

Thankfully, Vodien seems to justify their prices when it comes to server speed. With a worldwide average ranking of 177.6 ms, 95.5 ms in Asia, and 6 ms in Singapore, you know that your customers aren’t waiting long to load up your site.

 

Numbers-wise, they are slightly slower compared to the other 4 hosts above but at 177.6 ms, you won’t be able to tell the difference.

 

Learn more about Vodien

 

 

 

Why Good Web Hosting Is Important In Singapore

 

Our Sweet Singapore is the obvious choice for a digital hub for South East Asia.

 

Aside from having the resources to attract the brightest talents from all over the world, we’ve cemented ourselves as a digital R&D hub, ranked as #1 in Asia in 2017’s Global Innovation Index.

 

Our lightning fast IT infrastructure has also made us the preferred choice for digital tech companies, with Silicon Valley giants like facebook, Yahoo and Google setting up base on Singaporean grounds to target the Asean markets.

 

With heavy hitters like these in our shores, they’ll naturally attract talents from all over, bright minds that will set up online businesses here as side hustles. These people will no doubt understand that sales is directly linked to site load speed, hence going for good web hosting providers with the fastest response times.

 

If you’re looking to have any chance of your business competing with these people, you’re going to want to ensure that your web hosting provider is up to par, at least in regards to speed. It’s important that the service should not just be fast locally, but able to provide you with competitive loading times globally as well.

 

How To Choose A Good Web Host

 

Just pick the cheapest one and run with it! It’s just a website, who cares right?

 

WRONG!

 

Selecting the wrong web host can be downright detrimental to your business and web presence. A web host is like a foundation to a building – without the right base, everything is eventually gonna fall apart. Ideally, you’ll want your foundation to be strong, fast and reliable.

 

Let’s have a look at the factors and features every good web host should have.

 

  1. SpeedNeedless to say, this is of utmost importance. In this world of fast moving tech and instant gratification, your potential customers will just click ‘x’ if your site doesn’t load up fast enough. At Bitcatcha, we measure server speeds and give every host a score from A+ to E.
  2. Speed where your audience isIdeally, you’ll want your server to perform fastest at your targeted audience’s location. Having really fast server speeds in London isn’t really relevant when you’re targeting Singaporeans!
  3. Uptime Nobody likes paying for a web hosting service and having downtime on their sites. Look for a webhost that can commit to at least 99.8% uptime.
  4. SecurityYour site is an extension of your brand, and it may hold all of your precious data. You wouldn’t want a host that is easily hackable! Make sure your host has strong security credentials and automatic malware scanning.
  5. Customer ServiceMurphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong at the worst possible time. This applies to servers and websites too. When it does happen, it’ll be nice to have people you can depend on to help you out, so having 24/7/365 customer service support is essential.
  6. BackupsAlways have a backup plan. In this case a good host should always have automatic backups of your data, just in case anything goes wrong.
  7. Storage & BandwidthYou’ll want as much of this as possible, as it directly affects how much data you can load to the servers (images, content, etc). It also controls how much traffic per month you’re allowed.
  8. PriceYou know that old adage that goes “nothing good is cheap, nothing cheap is good”? Yeah you’re gonna want to take heed. However, get something that suits your needs – you don’t need a super expensive webhost if you’re just running a small website. Just be a little careful with the uber cheap ones.

 

How We Test Web Hosts for Singapore

 

In order for us to rank and review the web hosts fairly, we purchased their hosting plans and set up test sites for each of the web hosts. We then test them for uptime, customer support, and most importantly, server speed.

 

We made sure that our test sites were physically hosted on the companies’ Singaporean datacenters, so that we could run our server speed test on all 5 brands using the same parameters.

 

Using Bitcatcha’s very own Server Speed Checker, we sent pings from 10 different locations around the world, measuring the time it takes for the servers to respond to each one of those pings. We then rank the web hosts from A to E, depending on how well they perform against Core Web Vitals.

 

core web vitals

 

These Web Vitals are measured using 3 metrics: Visual stability, Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) and First Input Delay (FID). 2 out of these 3 metrics are highly dependent on loading speed, so the quicker the server’s response time is, the better they’ll be ranked.

 

This is actually quite important because if you pick a host with slow response times, it’ll take longer for your site to load up, causing your customers to lose interest, which loses you the sale.

 

Fun fact – according to thinkwithgoogle, websites should load under 1 second.

 

32% of users will bounce if page load time takes up to 3 seconds

 

Because if site load speeds take between 1-3 seconds, the probability of users losing interest is a whopping 32%!

 

Verdict

 

To recap, here is our top 3 web hosting for Singapore:

 

SPEED
RATING

AVG. SPEED
IN ASIA

PRICE
(SGD/MO)

SiteGround

A+

58.5 ms

S$13.50

Hostinger

A+

91.25 ms

S$8.10

Exabytes Singapore

A+

118 ms

S$14.99

 

We had a lovely time reviewing these 5 brands, but it also made it super difficult for us to pick a winner.

 

It boils down to a matter of preference (some people might prefer local Singaporean hosts, some might prefer international ones) because each one of these brands are excellent, with impressive features and numbers to back them up.

 

However, the main deciding factor for us would be value. The international brands gave us everything we needed with their entry-level packages, which costs below SGD14 per month.

 

The local brands could compete, but only with their premium packages which can cost up to SGD50 per month.

 

Their entry level packages come with only HDD storage options, which isn’t ideal especially as we’re dealing with speed and load times. They also seem to lack 24/7 support, something which is quite important to us.

 

Due to their speed, features and excellent customer support, I’d have to say that SiteGround is the BEST web hosting in Singapore for us. Yes, they’re a little pricier than the rest but still cheaper than local providers. Their service is worth every single penny, especially if you factor in the benefits you get with them being on the Google Cloud platform!

 

However If you prefer to go with any of the other brands, you needn’t be concerned – they all perform really well locally and internationally, as justified by our server speed checker.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Can I host a website for free?

 

Yes. There are plenty of free web hosting services around that you can utilize for your website. However, they come with performance restrictions, handicaps, and ads displayed on your website (which you have no control over). If you’re looking to actually build traffic and generate revenue through your site, we would strongly advise against going for these free services.

 

2. What is the cheapest and best web hosting service?

 

Hostinger is the best cheap web hosting you can get at a budget. At only $0.99 a month (with their 48-mo plan), you’ll enjoy a free domain and SSL, unlimited bandwidth, 20GB SSD – more than enough for small or personal websites.

 

3. What is the average cost to host a website?

 

Shared web hosting costs an average of $12 to $420 per year – excluding domain and SSL. Domains would typically cost you $10 – $20 a year, while SSL can cost anything from as little as $8 up to $1000 per annum. These can build up to cost quite a bit, so we highly recommend a web hosting service that offers both domain AND SSL for free.

 

4. Which hosting is best for websites?

 

Figure out the purpose of your website, and find out which kind of web hosting would be best to fulfil that purpose. For small business or personal sites, shared web hosting is usually enough to cover all the bases. If it’s for a large to medium website, best not cheap out – go for something that provides you with more resources like VPS hosting.

 

5. Where can I host my WordPress website?

 

SiteGround is officially recommended by WordPress, hence great for hosting WordPress sites. They’ve got tools designed specifically to optimize your WordPress site, e.g. 1-Click staging, SG Optimizer plugin, exclusive 24/7 WordPress support, and more.

 

6. Does it matter where I host my website?

 

Yes. Websites are hosted on data centers – physical servers that are used to house all your website data. The location of these data centers affect how fast your website loads for your visitors in certain regions. The closer the data center is to your visitors, the quicker your site will load for them.